Rosanna is a Director, Dramaturg and Artistic Director of Canvas Theatre. She trained with the National Youth Theatre as an Actor and Assistant Director and has a First Class BA hons in Drama from the University of Exeter, where she specialised in Directing. She works for the National Theatre as an Associate Director on the Connections programme and is a member of the Young Vic Genesis Directors Network where she has received training from Melly Still, Joe Hill Gibbons, and Sacha Wares, along with Zoe Svendson who ran a master class on Dramaturgy. She regularly directs new writing in development and runs Dramaturgy workshops for writers in association with the Hall for Cornwall, where she is an Associate Artist. She is an Associate Lecturer on the Acting course at the University of Falmouth and sits on the project advisory board for Cultivator which supports businesses in the creative sector in Cornwall.
As Director and Dramaturg: A View from The Edge by ‘Owdyado Theatre UK rural tour, The Crucible, cube theatre, at The Minack Theatre; The Coastguards Daughter, Oh My Clementine Productions, at Petewan Church; The Star Child, Canvas Theatre, at The Poly Falmouth. Cider with Rosie, Trebiggan Productions, at The Minack Theatre.
As Assistant Director: Be Prepared by Ian Bonar, as part of RSC new writing development programme ‘The Other Place’; 1984, Headlong (UK Tour); The Girl Who Never Looked Up, dir. Ria Parry, National Youth Theatre. Shadowing includes: Marion Nancarrow at Radio 4 Drama, and Erica Whyman at RSC.
Canvas Theatre is dedicated to supporting the creation of new writing in the South West. Through dramaturgical workshops, writers groups and scratch nights, it aims to bridge the gap between the seedling of an idea and a full-scale production.